Most of you know that I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in August but I haven't said much about it. Well, here comes the rant. I have just started down the road of treatment. The treatment is a lot better than a lot of other cancers but I think it still sucks. About a week and a half ago I stopped taking my synthroid (which will make me hypothyroid and cause side effects: possible weight gain, sensitivity to hot or cold weather, and feeling very tired) and started a low iodine diet. I never realized how many things have iodine in them!
I can't have:
iodized salt and sea salt
all dairy products
Seafood (I'm not too upset about that one!)
Foods that containcarrageen, agar-agar, algin or alginate (o...k...)
Cured and corned foods (ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, tuna, etc)
Marinated chicken or turkey
bread products that contain iodate dough conditioners (what is that?)
Chocolate (kill me now)
soy products (soy sauce, soy milk, tofu)
Foods that contain red dye #3
I can have:
fresh chicken, turkey and beef
black pepper and herbs
homemade bread made without iodized salt and milk
most fresh fruits and veggies
canned peaches, pears, and pineapple
unsalted matzo crackers and unsalted rice cakes (I know you're jealous)
coffee or tea
popcorn popped in an air popper
Basically I can't have any processed food. That kinda sucks! I have to make everything from scratch. I'm not a make everything from scratch kinda person! I like my life easy and yummy. Not happening.
I have to be on this diet till my TSH levels get to 20-30. I just called and got the results of my latest blood work....drum roll please.....0.3....SUCK!!!!! I asked the nurse how long she thought it would be till my levels were right. She said some peoples changes rapidly others...well...you know...but she guessed about 2 1/2 weeks. THAT SUCKS! I am going out of my mind here. I want to be able to pick up pizza when it's been a crazy day! I want to start the day off with a donut and a diet coke! I want ice cream! I want a sandwich! *calming breath*
Once my TSH levels are right I will have a I-131 scan. I will ingest radioactive iodine and been isolated for about 3 days. We are shipping the kids off to the grandmas. I will go back in and hopefully the RAI has killed all the thyroid tissue.
I am just so ready for this whole SUCKY situation to be over. I don't want to have cancer anymore. I want to eat and drink what I like. I want to plan a week in advance and not need to wonder if I will be radioactive at the time. I want to plan the rest of my life without the fear of it coming back...but we don't always get what we want because, well you guessed it....sometimes life SUCKS.